SPRING MEETING - Capital Conservatory

The Ohio Chapter of the

National Association of Teachers of Singing


Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Singers

Saturday, April 4, 2020

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Spring Meeting Schedule

9:15 Registration

9:30 Breakfast

9:50 Welcome/Introductions

10:00 “Working with Transgender Singers” – Professor Loraine Sims, Professor of            Voice, Louisiana State University

11:45 Break

12:00 Luncheon/Meeting

1:15 “Nightingales and Swans: Nineteenth-Century Divas Negotiating Gender

        and Race” – Lisa Pollock Mumme, PhD candidate, Washington University

2:30 Adjourn


Lorainne Sims


Capital Conservatory

Campus Address:

1 College and Main

Columbus, OH 43209

Weekend parking is available in the surrounding parking lots nearest to the Conservatory of Music/Mees Hall: F3, F4, F5, F7, S8; there are also Visitor Parking Spots Marked "Visitor" on the Campus Map


Loraine Sims is Edith Killgore Kirkpatrick Professor of Voice, the Vocal Studies Division Chair and the Vocal Area Coordinator at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Recent performances include “Comedy in Song: Humorous Art Songs in English” at the 2017 International Congress of Voice Teachers in Stockholm, Sweden, which she also presented at the 2016 National NATS Conference in Chicago. Upcoming professional activities include Voice Masculinization and Voice Feminization: Vocalises for Trans and Gender Expansive Singers for the NATS national conference in Knoxville in the summer of 2020. Previous activities include a session at the national ACDA Conference in Kansas City in 2019, “Honoring and Validating Transgender Singers in a Choral Context II: Healthy Vocal Pedagogy for Transgender Singers,” a pre-conference workshop, “Teaching Outside the Gender Binary: Working with Transgender and Non-Binary Singers” for the 2018 National NATS Conference in Las Vegas and a workshop, “What the Fach? Voice Dysphoria in the Transgender and Genderqueer Singer” for the Voice Foundation’s 2018 Annual Symposium: Care of the Professional Voice in Philadelphia. Other presentations include “Training Transgender Singers for Opera Performance: Gender Bending Beyond the Pants Role” for the 2017 NOA Conference, “Teaching Lucas: A Transgender Student’s Vocal Journey from Soprano to Tenor” at the 2017 ICVT in Stockholm, Sweden, the 2016 National NOA/NATS conference, the 2016 National MTNA Conference, and the 2016 National NATS Convention, and “Training the Terrible Tongue!” for the 2014 Chicago NATS Chapter, and the 2012 National NATS Conference. Other presentations include “Using Technology in the Voice Studio” at the 2015 Louisiana NATS Workshop, "Practical Applications for the Spectrogram in the Voice Studio: A Demonstration," at the 2007 CMS/ATMI Conference, the 2007 Southern Regional Conference of NATS, and at the 2011 Voice Symposium at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Sims is a past Southern Regional Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is also a member of the National Opera Association (NOA) and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). She enjoys giving master classes and her students have been winners in national and regional competitions, are singing in regional opera and concert venues, and are teaching in schools and universities in the US and abroad.


A current PhD student at Washington University in St. Louis, Lisa Pollock Mumme studies gender and sexuality in music. Her master’s thesis at the University of Iowa, “Not Things: Gender and Music in the Mad Max Franchise,” combined scholarship on gender in film music, film genre studies, and feminist film theory to analyze the gendered implications in the score of a masculine-dominated dystopian franchise. In addition to her concentration on gender and sexuality in horror film music at Washington University, Ms. Mumme also studies the Mexican soprano, composer, and businesswoman Ángela Peralta (1845-1883). Ms. Mumme has published in The Opera Journal, and presented papers at the National Opera Association Annual Conference, the American Musicological Society – Midwest Chapter, and various student conferences.